Poverty and Pre-K Access in Mississippi

Mississippi First releases a third 2021 pre-K research brief demonstrating the benefits of pre-K for children living in poverty. Since our founding, Mississippi First has known access to high-quality, no- and low-cost pre-K in Mississippi would be a game-changer for our youngest learners. In our first pre-K publication, 2012’s Leaving Last in Line, we recommended…

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Poverty and Pre-K Access in Mississippi

Communications Tools: Navigating Crisis

We would love to imagine a world in which school districts never have to engage in crisis communications, but this past month, schools began re-opening for a new school year right as the Delta variant is surging in Mississippi. In some ways, we know just as little about how this school year will unfold as…

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Communications Tools: Navigating Crisis

MDE Releases Early Learning Collaborative RFP

On July 30, 2021, the Mississippi Department of Education released the RFP for Early Learning Collaborative Council Pre-Kindergarten Application Cohort IV. Below, we have pulled out important details from the RPF including important dates and deadlines. Questions concerning the RFP should be sent to Dr. Jill Dent @ jdent@mdek12.org. Informational Webinar The MDE will host…

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MDE Releases Early Learning Collaborative RFP

MSF releases a new resource to support district communications!

School districts have had to grapple with a host of new communications challenges this year. The best way to navigate the new school year is by learning best practices for communications from districts across the state. To support Mississippi school districts, we are excited to announce the publication of Learning from the Moment: District Communications…

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MSF releases a new resource to support district communications!

New Pre-K Research: Early Learning Collaborative Increase Quality and Access

Today, Mississippi First is releasing two pre-K research briefs demonstrating the positive impact Early Learning Collaboratives have had on the Mississippi pre-K landscape since 2013.  Since our founding, Mississippi First has known access to high-quality, no- and low-cost pre-K in Mississippi would be a game-changer for our youngest learners. In our first pre-K publication, 2012’s…

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New Pre-K Research: Early Learning Collaborative Increase Quality and Access

Mississippi’s Pre-K Celebrated Nationally for Quality

Since 2013, Mississippi First has been dedicated to increasing access and quality to public pre-K across the state. This week, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) announced that Mississippi is one of the top six states for high-quality pre-K.  These accolades are well deserved as Mississippi pre-K students continue to outperform their peers…

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Mississippi’s Pre-K Celebrated Nationally for Quality